Durban: Health research to feature at review day

2011-01-26 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department and the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health (MatCH) initiative will be hosting a review day on innovative sexual and reproductive health research and HIV service delivery at the Durban Country C lub tomorrow.

MatCH is a division of the Wits University Health Consortium that works closely with the KZN public health sector. It is funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief and other donors.

Among the issues to be discussed are the strengthening of health systems and research into practice and behaviour.

Said the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, “One of governments’ priorities as outlined in the 10-point plan is the overhaul of the health systems, including research and development.

“The primary health care [PHC] approach is endorsed in key policy documents of the health sector … However, uneven progress has been made with the implementation of PHC across the country.”

Dhlomo said in the next three years the department aims to complete the SA Demographic and Health Survey 2010, as well as as compile reliable data on SA’s health status.

“Infant and maternal mortality must be accurately quantified. We will share our views on these important matters,” he said. — WR.

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